The Friends of Lake Sonoma welcomes you!

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is a cadre of volunteers that supports the interpretive and educational programs managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sonoma.  Due to federal budget shortfalls, we also provide funding to help maintain the park and keep key facilities -- including the Milt Brandt Visitors Center -- open to public access.  We welcome your help -- financially through monetary and in-kind donations or through your service as a park volunteer! 

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma trail rides are a must-do in Sonoma County

The Ranch at Lake Sonoma is one of the top recommendatiions on Trip Advisor. Seeing Lake Sonoma on horseback is just fantastic.  The views are splendid and the experience is first-class. For a really unique trailride, schedule a Park Ranger Guided Tour.  Be sure to bring your camera.  This is an opportunity to see the park like you've never seen it before! Check out the details at or just click here to be redirected to the ranch's website.

Steelhead Festival nets 6,000, despite rain

Rain didn't dampen spirits at the 11th annual Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival, held Feb. 9th at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center.  Approximately 6,000 hearty souls donned rubber boots and celebrated the return of the Steelhead to the Congressman Don Clausen Fish Hatchery.  Save the date for 2020!  -- Saturday, February 8th, rain or shine!

New hours for Milt Brandt Visitors Center

The Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma is now open Wednesday through Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Visitors Center is closed on Monday and Tuesday.  Friends of Lake Sonoma is looking for volunteers to help staff the center and give fish hatchery tours during the Steelhead Run, which is January through April.  If you can help, contact us at 

Talkin' Trash! Spring Clean-Up Set for April 20th! Volunteer!

Spring has sprung and Lake Sonoma needs a good spring cleaning!  Join us from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, April 20th.  Check in at the Milt Brandt Visitor Center for your assignment. This qualifies as volunteer time for students!  Call 707-431-4533 for more info.  More info under "About Lake Sonoma" -- Events Page.


Board of Directors

Kasey Wade, chairman

Rick Herbert, vice chairman

Joe Brandt,  treasurer

Mark Thayer, secretary


Directors: Dora Azevedo, Nikki Baxes, Jayson Collard, John Granatir, Donna Meier, Brad Sherwood, and Burrell Wyle.


Directors Emeritus:  Gordon Amrein, Linda Clapp, Paul Finn, Dave Harmeson, Tony Pettis, Phil Pinto, Arnold Santucci, Ken Screechfield, Richard Thomas

Tax Status

The Friends of Lake Sonoma is recognized as a non-profit cooperative association under section 501 (c) 3 of the United State Internal Revenue Service tax code.  Our tax identification number is 94-2260679.  We operate on a fiscal year from January 1 to December 31.  Monetary and in-kind donations to the Friends of Lake Sonoma are considered to be tax deductible, unless limited by law.


The Friends of Lake Sonoma relies on strong partnerships with key govenmental agencies and businesses, including:

United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Sonoma Water

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Sonoma County Tourism

Back Country Horsemen of California -- North Bay Chapter

Sonoma County Bowmen

United Flyers of Sonoma County

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley




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